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Nottingham Trent University signs deal to take law students from CUPL

6 February 2014

Beijing

Nottingham Law School is to take up to 50 students a year from one of the largest law schools in the world.

From September 2014 students from the China University of Political Science and Law will spend the final year of their two-year course in comparative legal studies in Nottingham.

The LLB (Hons) in Comparative Legal Studies – examining the differences and similarities between legal systems – is not a qualifying degree for practising law but it will pave the way for students from China to go on to further study at Nottingham Law School, part of Nottingham Trent University.

As one of the largest university law schools in the UK, delivering the full range of academic and professional law courses, the agreement further cements Nottingham Law School's place as a leading international centre for legal education and training.

As well as offering degrees in international oil, gas and mining law, Nottingham Law School also has strong links with universities throughout the EU, Switzerland, Turkey and Canada, with staff collaborating with legal and governmental agencies overseas, including those in Hong Kong, Mauritius, Malaysia and Australia.

Established in 1952, the China University of Political Science and Law, with an undergraduate campus in Changping district, near Beijing, and a postgraduate campus in Beijing city, is one of the highest ranked universities in China with 833 full-time professors. More than 500 of these are law professors, making it one of the largest law faculties in the world.

The University has played a key role in the formation of the country's legal system, including the drafting of the 1954 constitution of the People's Republic of China.

Many members of the faculty are instrumental in drafting laws required for the newly emerging market economy.

Professor Andrea Nollent, Dean of Nottingham Law School, said: "We are very pleased to be working with such an excellent and influential partner and we very much look forward to welcoming students and to the development of further projects together."

Professor Weili Teng head of the China Management Institute at Nottingham Business School, who helped develop the relationship, said: "I am very pleased that both partners have entered into a relationship which has enormous potential.

"Both are great institutions and together they will do great things. Nottingham Trent University has developed some excellent partnerships in China and it is pleasing to see that we have now established law links."

The agreement, comprises an Advanced Standing and it is anticipated that the majority of Chinese students, after graduating, will join one of Nottingham Law School's highly regarded postgraduate courses.

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